With this triumph, the Azzurri extend their unbeaten streak to 32 games and aim to win their second European Championship.
The Latest Italy Advances to Semifinals at Euro 2020
Italy defeated Belgium on Friday to go to the semifinals of Euro 2020 thanks to a superb performance across the board. Roberto Mancini will lead his Italian team into Wembley Stadium to face Spain after they won the match 2-1. The Italians’ goals were scored by Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne.
That goal was scored by Romelu Lukaku, and Belgium lost 1-0. After this win, the Azzurri had not lost in 32 consecutive games. They’ll be looking for a repeat as European champions.
Even in the final seconds, Belgium gave it their all in an attempt to tie the score, but they couldn’t get through the legendary Italian defence.
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The Belgians may have Targeted the Italians’ middle Defenders Because of their Advanced Age.
However, it was Italy that actually carried out this action against Belgium. Jan Vertonghen gifted the opening goal to Marco Verratti after he lost control of the ball in dangerous territory just beyond the penalty box.
In the 31st minute, Barella scored after being set up by the midfielder, who had dribbled past two Belgian defenders. No amount of Courtois’s skill could have prevented that.
Italy started applying pressure to the Belgium defence after taking a one-goal lead. Not long after that, spectators witnessed what is widely regarded as the greatest Euro goal of all time.
From the left wing, Insigne cut in and blasted a long-range, curling shot that found the far corner. There was no way for the keeper to reach there.
At that point, it looked like the match was over. At the buzzer of halftime, Giovanni Di Lorenzo executed an unnecessary tackle on Jeremy Doku. When the penalty kick was awarded to them, Lukaku calmly put it past Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Again, Italy’s Defence has been a Shining Light at Euro 2020.
There were no goals scored in the second half, but there was some really exciting football played. The Belgians appeared to be giving their best in search of an equaliser.
The Italian defence was stout as they fought to maintain their lead. Both Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci reaffirmed their status as two of the best players in the world. Time and time again, the two have shown that age is nothing but a number, and that match was no exception.
Furthermore, Gianluigi Donnarumma played marvellously. He stopped every shot that came his way, including ones from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.
Later in the game, Lukaku had a golden opportunity to tie the game for Inter Milan, but he was denied by an unbelievable block by Leonardo Spinazzola. Spinazzola was stretchered off with an achilles tendon injury and may not play again at Euro 2020.
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Jeremy Doku was a bright light for Belgium. He made repeated blazing runs down the left side, putting the most pressure on the Azzurri defence.
He was responsible for the Belgians’ penalty kick, which Lukaku later scored on.